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Evan Cramer: Jailed former St. Lucie County deputy faces new charge

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jun 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-28 15:23:34-04

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Former St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Evan Cramer faces a new charge while behind bars, the St. Lucie County Clerk announced Wednesday.

Cramer is being charged with battery on another detainee while in jail, according to the clerk.

The former deputy punched Zane Yazdani on June 26, put him in a headlock and then punched him several more times in the face, a sheriff’s office report states.

Yazdani told deputies that “Cramer often preys upon the mental health population and pays them in commissary items to behave irrationally,” according to the report.
Yazdani was on the phone with his mother at the time of the fight, the report states. Cramer had an argument with another inmate and Yazdani said he spoke up in defense of the inmate.

That’s when Cramer charged and punched Yazdani, according to the report.

Yazdani is currently being held at the St. Lucie County jail on drug and resisting arrest charges.

Cramer was arrested on Jan. 24, after being accused of forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him. Cramer was on duty and in uniform at the time. Cramer allegedly told the victim he'd keep her from jail in exchange for sexual favors.

Two months later, Cramer was charged with another sexual battery charge.

Cramer’s bond was set at $3,750 on the new charge.

The former deputy is facing 12 charges. Those charges include multiple charges for felony battery.

He remains behind bars while he awaits trial on the previous charges.